While Seattle may not suffer from the same onslaught of snow and ice as other areas of the country, winter weather and darker days bring a variety of personal injury risks. By taking extra precautions and being aware of your surroundings, many of these injuries can be avoided. If you are injured due to another person’s negligence, contact our Everett personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.
In the Car
According to the National Safety Council, more than 38,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, with 30.8% of those fatalities due to alcohol and 26% due to distracted driving. Though those statistics are grim, being proactive while behind the wheel can minimize your risk.
- Increase your following distance from the car in front of you
- Never drive after consuming alcohol, drugs, or over-the-counter medications
- Never use your phone while driving
- Make sure your car is prepared for winter, your gas tank is full, and your tires have proper air and tread
- Give yourself more time while traveling so you aren’t tempted to rush
- Pack an emergency kit, blankets, and a cell phone charger when going on long road trips
On Your Bike
There are an estimated 138,000 bikers in the Seattle area, and though Washington is considered the most “bicycle-friendly” in the US, extra measures should be taken during inclement weather. However, if an injury should occur, consult one of our bicycle accident attorneys in Everett to see what options are available to you.
- Wear multiple layers of clothing to keep you warm, with more breathable layers against your skin and weather-resistant layers on the exterior
- Wear bright colors so you’re more visible to vehicles
- Be aware of potentially wet or icy surfaces, and use both hands when braking
- Never idle your car in the car to keep warm — this could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning
- Clear ice or snow from your sidewalk and driveway as soon as possible, and have salt available in preparation for icy weather
- Don’t leave lit candles unattended, and make sure none of your electrical cords are frayed
If you or a loved one has been injured this winter, contact our Everett and Seattle personal injury attorneys today.